Days Out Norwich

Beaches in Norfolk

Best Places for Rockpooling

Mumblers recommend:

“West Runton definitely – cheap all-day car park & a lovely little cafe & shop on the slip down to the beach.” SC, June ’18

“West runton is great, just check the tide times before you go, the tide needs to be out so that you can get to the rock pools” AH, June ’18

“Sea Palling has rocks you can get to when the tide is out and you can climb over them and look in the pools for starfish and crabs etc. Nice beach too.” GN, June ’18

“Was at Cromer yesterday late afternoon and lots of rock pools before ride came back in, presumably there’s a point earlier in the day it’s like that – Or West runton was always the classic when I was little!” HL, June ’18

“If you head to Runton, go down the slip way and therock pools are to your left when the tide is out. You can’t miss them. Take buckets or trays to observe your finds and print an ID resource so you can work out what you find. Have fun!” JK, June ’18.

West Runton, Cromer, Sheringham and Hunstanton have all been mentioned as the best places to go rockpooling in Norfolk.

Brancaster Beach

Broad Ln, Brancaster, King’s Lynn PE31 8AX

Type: Sand

Recommended for:  Families, kite flying and shipwreck viewing.

*Watch children and young people carefully in the water as there are hidden sandbanks*

Photo thanks to Jon Clifton Photography & Design – “The beach is a very short walk from the car park, there are loos and a nice beach cafe/shop.” May’17

“Turn right at at the beach for families as large stunt kites are permitted to the left. Beware of tide times as road in floods” (see above) Joanne A. June’17


Burnham Overy Staithe Beach

Type:  Sand

Recommended for:  Boating & walks

The walk to the beach is quite far so be mindful of this if you’re thinking of going with young ones.


Caister Point Beach

Great Yarmouth, NR30 5DJ

Type: Sandy

Recommended for:  Long walks, seal spotting, sand castles.


Cromer Beach

Cromer Beach, NR27 9HP

Type: Shingle at high tide, sand at low tide

Recommended for:  Families (life guards patrol!) people who might want to visit the Henry Blogg Museum or meander down the pier.

Picture thanks to Horatio Creative.

Gorleston-on-sea Beach

Great Yarmouth, NR31 6DX

Type: Sand (some small pebbles)

Recommended for: Children, sand castles, dog walking.

Great Yarmouth Beach

NR30 2ER

Type: Sandy

Recommended for: All the fun of the beach! (Bouncy castles, donkey rides, arcades, crazy golf etc)


Happisburgh Beach

Type: Sand

Recommended for: Lighthouse enthusiasts, sand castle building, walking for miles.

Sandy ramp down to beach, tricky but can be done.

Heacham Beach

S Beach Rd, Heacham PE31 7BD

Type:  Stone (sand when tide is out)

Recommended for:  Mobile holidays & dog walkers.

Hemsby Beach

Beach Rd, Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29 4HT

Type:  Sand

Recommended for:  Family attractions, soft sand, children (board walk right to the entrance of the beach so great for buggies!)

Picture thanks to Iceni Magazine and their top tip is: Take your pennies for the ice-cream van, it drives onto the beach!

Holme Beach

Type: Sand and shingle

Recommended for:  Peace and quiet & dog walkers.

Tricky for buggies as there are no proper paths but doable.


Horsey Beach

Type:  Sand

Recommended for: Seal watching, sand castle building.

Hunstanton Beach

Beach Terrace Road, Hunstanton PE36 5BQ

Type: Sand

Recommended for:  Seaside fun (fairground rides, donkeys, sand for sandcastle building, seal trips, crazy golf)

Mundesley Beach

Mundesley Beach, NR11 8BQ

Type: Sand

Recommended for: Children- great for sandcastles & kite flying.

A beach side cafe sells traditional seaside food, snacks and drinks.  Toilet facilities with shower are conveniently located adjacent to the cafe

Old Hunstanton Beach

Type:  Sand

Recommended for:  Families, dog walkers, kite surfing.

Old Hunstanton beach is one of my favourite Norfolk beaches.  Masses of parking available, and empty swathes of sand if you want to get away from it all.  If you only want to walk a tiny little way but also have space around you, then this is perfect for you too. Suzy W May’17

Overstrand beach

Overstrand Rd, Cromer NR27 0AJ

Type: Sand & pebbles

Recommended for:  Peace and quiet, only walking on promenade at high tide.

Sea Palling Beach

NR12 0UH

Type: Sand

Recommended for:  Swimmers, sand-castle building.

Sheringham Beach

Promenade, Sheringham NR26 8LS

Type: Pebbles unless sea is out.

Recommended for:  Rock poolers & sand castle builders at low tide, people who want to visit the lifeboat station.


Snettisham Beach

Snettisham Beach, King’s Lynn PE31 7PS

Type:  Shingle

Recommended for:  Bird watching & walks.


Walcott Beach

Type: Sand

Recommended for: Walkers.  Not a lot to do in Walcott.

Waxham Beach

Type: Sand

Recommended for: Peace & quiet, sand-castle building, walks, seal spotting.

Wells Beach

Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1DR

Type:  Sand

Recommended for:  People who like little trains to take them to the beach, sandcastles, bird watching, dog walking.

Picture thanks to Andrew at Lamb Social Media – “Be prepared for a long walk down to the beach (or take the little train!) it’s worth it!” May’17

West Runton & East Runton Beaches

West Runton
Type: Pebbles at high tide, sand at low tide

Recommended for: Fossil hunters, dog walkers,

East Runton
Type: Pebbles at high tide, sand at low tide

Recommended as more child-friendly than West Runton.

Winterton-on-sea Beach

Beach Rd, Winterton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth NR29 4AJ


Recommended for: Sand castles, kite flying, seal spotting.


Winterton is our absolute favourite (although after putting together this list of beaches I think we have a lot more beach visiting to do!) We love that it’s not commercial but it has toilets and a cafe.  It can be busier in warmer weather but we’re always there early anyway to make the most of it before it gets too hot for little ones! Katrin June’17